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5 Fun Facts About September 26 In Minnesota History

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1) On September 26, 1868, the University of Minnesota held its first classes in a rented space in downtown Minneapolis. Today, the university is one of the largest in the country, with over 50,000 students and five campuses.

2) In 1902, the Minneapolis Orchestra (now the Minnesota Orchestra) had its first official concert at the city's Exposition Building on September 26. The orchestra has since become internationally renowned and has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Vienna Konzerthaus.

3) The Minnesota Twins clinched their first American League Central Division title on September 26, 2002, with a win against the Cleveland Indians. The Twins have won the AL Central division six times in the team's history.

4) On this day in 1950, famed Minnesota artist Charles M. Schulz published his first "Peanuts" comic strip in nine newspapers. Schulz went on to produce the beloved comic strip for over 50 years, creating memorable characters such as Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and Lucy.

5) The largest single-day sports event in Minnesota history took place on September 26, 2010, when the Minnesota Vikings played host to the Detroit Lions at the newly opened U.S. Bank Stadium. The game drew a record attendance of 62,790 fans and resulted in a Vikings victory.
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